The English Department aims to give students the skills needed to study, use and enjoy language and literature. In each course we cover a range of topics that will help students communicate and express themselves orally, visually and in writing. Our purpose is to encourage keen, confident, imaginative and fluent language users.
Year 9 English:
This course develops skills in all six areas of the national English curriculum – reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting. Content includes wide reading, literature studies, speeches, static images, newspaper study, responses to texts (novel, short story, film and poetry), and writing (formal, creative and expressive). Students also receive grounding in basic language skills including spelling, punctuation and vocabulary acquisition.
Year 10 English:
The Year 10 programme continues to explore all the language strands; receptive (reading, listening and viewing) and productive (speaking, writing and presenting). In class, students have the opportunity to read a variety of genre including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short texts. They are exposed to a range of visual texts, and are encouraged to develop personal reading for pleasure. Students will continue building on their basic language skills from Year 9 including spelling, punctuation and vocabulary acquisition and enjoy all kinds of writing.
Year 11 Achievement Standards:
Our Achievement Standards NCEA Level 1 course will explore and develop a range of vital skills for students including: writing in a range of genres, thinking critically about a range of oral, written and visual texts, speaking with confidence and presenting a static image. The course will be designed around the learning needs of each class. Students will have the opportunity to make choices about their learning outcomes through their choice of topics for writing, and choices (where possible) of written and visual texts studied.
Year 11 Communication English:
This alternative course offers students who have previously experienced difficulties in Year 9 and 10 English the opportunity to complete Level 1 through internally assessed standards only, but the course will still remain challenging. There are credits offered in reading, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting, and programmes may be individually tailored for students. Some additional assistance will be available for students in this class via the Learning Support centre and/or teacher aides. Credits gained in this course are full NCEA Level 1 credits.
Year 12 Achievement Standards English:
The Year 12 Achievement Standards course continues on for students who successfully complete the Year 11 Achievement Standards course and is designed for students who are considering a tertiary study programme. This course will further develop skills in writing, critical literacy through the study of a number of written and visual texts, and oral and/or visual presentation. There will be an opportunity for students to achieve the 10 Literacy credits required as one of the prerequisites for entry into university. The course will be designed around the learning needs of each class, giving choice where possible although students will be expected to sit at least two Level 2 external standards at the end of the year.
Year 12 Communication English:
Our Alternative Year 12 course is designed for students who require a more practical set of skills to equip them in their chosen career (rather than focussing on the tertiary entry requirements). It offers students the opportunity to complete Level 2 through internally assessed standards only, but the course will still remain challenging. There will be opportunities for personal choices in reading, speaking, listening, viewing, presenting and researching, and programmes may be individually tailored for students. Some students may be completing multi-level study during the year. Credits gained in this course are full NCEA Level 2 credits.
Year 13 English:
The Year 13 Achievement Standards course will further extend students’ skills in writing, speaking and critical literacy through a number of interesting, challenging and thought-provoking learning contexts. The course includes the detailed study of a variety of literary genres (novel, film, poetry and Shakespeare), as well as close analysis of unfamiliar texts. They will be expected to sit at least two Level 3 external standards at the end of the year. There is a heavy literature component in this course and basic essay writing skills are essential. In an increasingly literate and sophisticated world, English is an essential basis for any professional career.
Ms A Smith (HOD)
Mr R Deverson
Mr D Bertanees
Mr P McDowall
Ms M Preece
Mrs J Jory